Archive for January 2008

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Nets lose again…drop 8th straight

Nets Rumors & News

Life doesn’t look good for the Nets these days. After losing last night to the Denver Nuggets 100-85, the Nets have now lost eight straight. It’s their longest losing streak in over three years. They are now 0-5 on a six-game road trip.
It was only a few weeks ago where they were at .500 for the season but now find themselves fading. It didn’t help that New Jersey started out shooting 5 for 22 and scored only 11 points in the first quarter. At halftime, they trailed 47-31.

“We just didn’t have the energy and they did,” New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. “They were much more aggressive and really attacked us in the paint.”

Jason Kidd did what he could to help the struggling Nets by posting his 98th career triple-double and 11th of the season (13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.) Richard Jefferson contributed 19 points to lead the Nets scoring but that proved to not be enough. The Nets got within 5 points in the fourth quarter before …

Giants Rumors & News

I have been a little hesitant to go down the Jeremy Shockey road here throughout the playoffs. I suspect we will spend plenty of time this off-season discussing the future of the Giants’ injured tight end.

This morning, though, the Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo has gone down that road — challenging those who think Shockey’s absence helps the Giants and that he should be traded.

Here’s a little bit of Garafolo.

I’m not buying it. And if I’m the Giants, I’m not taking the suggestions of the folks who are ready to move on and trade him. … Look, I’m not saying Shockey is the perfect teammate. For all I know, he could have been yapping behind the scenes about his new role in this offense while keeping a straight face in public. And maybe Eli Manning is a little relieved Shockey’s not out there so he doesn’t feel the pressure of having to get him the ball. Fact is, I don’t know. And neither do most people. But to say this team …

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Four More Years: Cano Signs $30M Deal

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees, joining a growing trend in baseball, are on the verge of locking up Robinson Cano to a four-year, $30 million contract that will cover Cano’s remaining years of arbitration eligibility and extend two seasons into what would have been free agency years for the 25-year-old. The move is similar to what the Mets did when they locked up Jose Reyes (four years, $23.25 million) and David Wright (six years, $55 million) to long-term contracts, however the strategy is a departure from the philosophy the Yankees have utilized for years. Via the Daily News:

The Yankees have long believed it’s better to go year-to-year on contracts with their young players, figuring their outsized checkbook could always cover exploding costs if a player’s career took off faster than projected. Plus, they wouldn’t have guaranteed any cash if a player fizzled.

As we’ve written before, the changing economics of baseball have forced the Yankees to rethink a lot of what they’ve done in the past. It will be interesting to see …

Malik Disciplined For Renney Snub

Rangers Rumors & News

Following the amazing festivities at the Garden last night, and the Rangers’ crucial if underwhelming victory over the Thrashers, attentions shifted back to the mysterious disappearance of defenseman Marek Malik.

The team should have known that you can’t keep the New York media in the dark for long, thus this morning the story has leaked that Malik indeed is unhappy with his playing time once again, and evidently refused to shake Coach Tom Renney’s hand following Tuesday’s win. Malik had been a healthy scratch in the team’s previous contest.

As the Journal News’ Sam Weinman points out on his blog, Renney has been one of the useless oaf’s “most stubbron backers” during Malik’s tenure here, much to the chagrin of fans who’d like to see the coach enforce accountability in the locker room. Of course that Tom Renney isn’t the type to speak ill of his players in front of cameras and tape recorders doesn’t mean he’s afraid to express himself behind closed doors. After all, …

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Mystery Of the Missing Marek Malik

Rangers Rumors & News

Via Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report:

The often-maligned [Marek Malik] not only didn’t skate today, but his equipment wasn’t hanging in his locker (although his practice jersey was still hanging and pictures of his two sons were still taped to the wall). When asked where he was, Tom Renney would only say it was “internal matter.”

Renney wouldn’t say whether Malik was suspended, and when I asked whether Malik was being moved, Renney said, “No. He’s a Ranger, and it’s just an internal issue right now.”

Of course, being a Ranger now doesn’t mean he’s a Ranger in a few hours when a deal is completed. Or it could mean that he’s been waived. But that’s only speculation at this point.

For what it’s worth Malik has been scratched four of the last nine games, is set to make $2.5 million this season, and is a UFA at season’s end.

You might recall a few weeks back that the veteran lummox threw a hissy fit in the locker room when informed he’d be a healthy …

Osi needs to pipe down, play better

Giants Rumors & News

I love Osi Umenyiora, but let me be succinct. The self-proclaimed ‘Chief’ needs to shut the hell up.

Osi went on HBO’s Inside the NFL Wednesday night and accused New England left tackle Matt Light, whom he matches up against, of playing dirty.

From Ralph Vacchiano’s Blue Screen, here is part of the transcript.

Osi Umenyiora: “It was a good matchup the last time (between him and Light). I mean, I think I got him a couple of times, he also got me a couple of times. It was a war out there and to be honest with you, I’m not quite sure that he thought that he was going to see me again because of some of the things he did and said during that game. But, you know, unfortunately he does have to see me again.”

Bob Costas: “Trash talking is one thing. You seem to be implying that he made some dirty moves. Did something happen outside the pale?”

Osi Umenyiora: “He was doing a couple of things that you know …

Rangers Rumors & News

Brian Leetch will join Stanley Cup Champion teammates, Mark Messier and Mike Richter, in the rafters of Madison Square Garden as the Rangers are set to retire his No. 2 during a ceremony Thursday night.

“When we talk about what it means to be a New York Ranger, Brian Leetch is the player who exemplifies that model,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “There is no higher honor to grant Brian than to have his number raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden.”

Those lucky enough to be in attendance Thursday night are set to see the Rangers honor one of the key components which brought the Stanley Cup back to New York. In 1994, Leetch tied a career high scoring 23 goals during the regular season.

In the playoffs he played on an even higher level. While becoming the first American-born player to ever receive the Conn Smyth Trophy given to the MVP of the playoffs, Leetch scored 34 points in 23 games. The defenseman …

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Rangers Win After Line Changes

Rangers Rumors & News

The New York Rangers couldn’t have responded better to line changes which spurred them to a 4-0 stomping of the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday night.

Before the game Head Coach Tom Renney did some major line-shuffling. He moved Sean Avery to the top line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez, while Brendan Shanahan is now skating on the right-wing with Nigel Dawes on the left side and is centered by Brandon Dubinsky. The third line is now comprised of Chris Drury centering for wingers Martin Straka and Petr Prucha. Only the Betts-Orr-Hollweg line was unchanged.

The tweaking seems to have paid off – at least for one night. The Rangers as a team skated with energy throughout the entire game and Jagr’s line combined for six points, two goals and four assists.

The last time the Rangers moved around the lineup like this they initially responded well before they fell back into mediocrity and this time they realize they have to keep the pedal to the floor.

“I am glad we won, …

Brown’s spying charge latest Knicks’ mess

Knicks Rumors & News

We haven’t checked in with an episode of ‘As The Knicks Turn’ in a while, so let’s do that. There’s a lot to catch up on, so this will seem like the Readers’ Digest version.

Let’s start with the newest news, which would involve former coach Larry Brown. Seems Brown thinks Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan had people spying on Brown while he was Knicks’ coach.

“Imagine when you get to work, they don’t talk to you,” he said. “They had security people standing close to me in press conferences, and spies throughout the arena.”

Maybe Brown, a vagabond who butted heads with GM Isiah Thomas, imagined all of this. Then again, maybe it’s not so ridiculous.

After all, fans have been arrested for selling ‘Fire Isiah’ T-shirts outside the Garden this year. Others have been ejected from the Garden for holding up ‘Fire Isiah’ signs.

Now comes word that there was an altercation Monday between beat reporters trying to interview a fan who was …

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Mattingly’s Role With Dodgers Reduced

Yankees Rumors & News

Citing “family reasons,” Don Mattingly will not join Joe Torre in the dugout this season after all, instead serving as the team’s “major league special assignment coach.” Mike Easler will take Donnie’s spot as Dodgers’ hitting coach. Via

“I’m very grateful that the Dodgers have allowed me to take care of these family matters and I hope that everyone can respect our privacy during this time,” Mattingly said in a statement issued by the team. “I truly appreciate the support of all Dodger fans since joining the organization and I look forward to helping the team win in 2008 and beyond.”

In his new role, Mattingly will assist the coaching staff during spring training and at different points throughout the season.

Eli, Put On Your Superman Cape

Giants Rumors & News

Giants fans, for your viewing pleasure, I present Ryan Parker. Hat tip to Big Blue View for the link.

Brady Injured, Wearing Walking Boot

Giants Rumors & News

Tom Brady was spotted in New York yesterday sporting a walking cast on his right foot. He was photographed and videotaped en route to girlfriend Gisele’s West Village apartment.

According to the Boston Herald, while appearing on WEEI in his weekly radio spot, Brady “didn’t dismiss the notion he had suffered some type of leg injury during Sunday’s AFC Championship win over the San Diego Chargers.” Via the Herald:

Brady was asked to respond to reports of an observer noticing that he was a little gimpy at one point during the game, and was examined by a doctor. He paused a bit before answering.

“Ah, you know, there’s always bumps and bruises. I’ll be ready for the Super Bowl,” Brady said, when asked point-blank if he had a leg injury. “I’m not worried about that. I’m not missing this one. I’d have to be on a stretcher to miss this one. There will be treatment this week. In games like this, you get a little nicked up. It’s …

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